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National Treasure: Book of Secrets (2007)

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National Treasure: Book of Secrets (2007)


Nicholas Cage
Ed Harris
Justin Bartha
Jon Voight

Directed by Jon Turteltaub

This is what happens when a movie makes a hell load of money in the box office. National Treasure (2004) was good but not a master piece and after making over 3 times its production budget (100 million) in the box office alone, Disney had to make another.

This time though we are not only hunting for treasure alone, we are also trying to clear the gates family name in the assassination of Abraham Lincoln.
Ian (Sean Bean) the villain from the first film is in prison so don’t think this is a movie about revenge, a new villain was dug out Mitch Wilkinson (Ed Harris) who was also after some treasure.
The story was not as eventful nor will it make you sit on the edge of your sit as you try to see how Gates was going to find the treasure and stay alive in the first film, but it will leave you inquisitive.

That is what I liked about the movie, it was not as grand a story or as grand an adventure as the first, but again a bunch of clues lying around in old American relics is what I keep finding fascinating, the writers make up this bogus clues after some very nice research into the American history such research you have to appreciate.
The quest looked weird and seemed off, but it was a quest none the less. This time the screenplay didn’t pack a punch like the first as in the first the crew of Gates, Chase and Riley had little financial help and always seem to be in a such of disadvantage, but here all they were trying to do was to use all the resources at their fingertips is to clear the Gates family name.

The name got stained when Patrick Gates (Jon Voight) was giving a lecture about the assassination of Lincoln and how his great grandfather helped, when a man named Wilkinson produced a page from a book that Patrick claimed that his great grandfather tore and threw in the fire to save the country from the KGC (a cult trying to win the American civil war) and on the page has Thomas Gates (Patrick’s great grandfather) name as one of the chief conspirators in the assassination of Lincoln.

Well acting here was much the same as the first and not much excitement could be gotten like the first as we get to see Benjamin discover things, but audience like me liked the movie although it was not a critical acclaim, in fact according to critics it is worse than the first. The movie did end up making over 3 times its budget again and talks are going around that a National Treasure 3 is in the works.


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